Rocio Carolina Rios Schaaf ’08 was recently selected to participate in the annual Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region I Ten-Minute Play Festival. A student in Kate Snodgrass’ playwriting class in the fall, Schaff has been writing plays for a couple of years. Snodgrass, Head of the Boston University graduate playwriting program and adjunct professor in the Theatre Department, encouraged her class to enter the festival. Schaff’s play, The Professor, was one of the six plays selected to perform at the regional festival January 29 – February 3 at Fitchburg State College. At the regional festival one play in each category will be selected to move on to the national festival in Washington D.C.

“The play is about the search for happiness and the choices we make in life,” Schaff says. “It’s the beginning of a potential love story.”

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide. Theatre departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents. Students who submit to the Region I festival are competing with college and university students from all across New England.

Schaff is from Lima, Peru and is a Humanities major at Suffolk University.